Trends in baby names are fascinating because they’re constantly changing. As some names fall out of fashion, others gain in popularity, reflecting what’s going on in pop culture and lifestyle at any given time. Cottagecore-themed names have enjoyed a moment this year for this reason. So have names inspired by the Netflix hit Bridgerton.
The experts at Nameberry have predicted several trends for baby names in 2022, and it definitely makes for interesting reading. Bridgerton-themed names and music-inspired names are predicted to remain popular, joined by are “playful names” with “a strong element of fun”. Think names like Buddy, Teddy, Pixie, Gigi and Cricket.
Names with a retro flavour are also tipped to increase in popularity because, according to Nameberry, they “conjure up images of simpler, sunnier, more stable times”. Many of these names are heavily redolent of old Hollywood – think Betty, Frank, Gene, Constance, Goldie and Mae.
Names beginning with the letter “R” are also predicted to be popular in 2022, expecially short, punchy ones. “We’re seeing a whole bunch of energetic unisex R names starting to take off – from recent celebrity baby names Rhodes, Row, Rio and Rue to edgy word names like Revel, Riot and Rogue,” the Nameberry experts say.
Meanwhile, chic European names are expected to be embraced because they feel “as at home in Copenhagen as they do in London or Amsterdam or Vienna”, which makes them appeal to “sophisticated world travellers”. Names including Bastian, Astrid, Stellan, Lars and Petra are all on Nameberry’s 2022 host list.
Numerous “non-binary” or unisex names also make the list, including Laurie, Marlowe, Scout, Blair and Wren, as do names that conjure up images of nature and escape. These include Bay, Prairie, Ridge, Sequoia and Taiga.
“After a long period of closure and confinement, we’re all dreaming about the perfect getaway – whatever that looks like for you,” say Nameberry. “We expect to see beachy baby names get a boost, especially in the wake of the hit HBO series TheWhite Lotus, set in an idyllic Hawaiian island resort.”
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